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In 1977, In Melbourne, one of Australia’s most horrific crimes occurred. Two young women, Suzanne Armstrong and Susan Bartlett, were viciously stabbed to death in their home while Suzanne’s infant son was in a nearby room. He stayed there for two days until the dead were discovered.
In this book, Helen Thomas undertakes a thorough re-examination of the crime, looking again at every shred of evidence, every rumour and innuendo, every theory of the crime and its perpetrator.
She interviews several people who gave statements to police at the time of the crime, surviving relatives, including Suzanne’s son and some of the investigators. A significant achievement is bringing out the victims’ characters and personalities through interviews with people who knew them well.
There’s an obsessive air about Thomas’s efforts, indeed the book is a cry from the author’s heart that the publication will prompt someone with new evidence to come forward so that the murdered women’s killer will face justice.
The book throws light on the state of murder investigations in Australia 40 years ago including an intriguing study of the role of the newspapers’ police roundsmen who worked very closely with the homicide detectives of the day.
Other intriguing chapters deal with the views of experts on what type of man could have committed such an atrocity and what approach should now be taken to further the investigation.
I recommend this book to all serious students of true crime.
Enjoyed this Investigative journalist’s hard work and it’s a comprehensive read. Well written, I read it in a day. Would have been even better had the case to have been solved, but this book is the next best thing that is solid food for thought
Living in Melbourne I had often heard of the Easey Street murders and thought that this would be a good book to learn more about what occurred. The book is a quick read and served the purpose of covering the crime and theories on who may have been responsible.
... is that the two young women have almost been lost in time.’
In January 1977, Suzanne Armstrong and Susan Bartlett were murdered in their home on Easey Street in Collingwood. Both women were stabbed multiple times as Suzanne’s sixteen-month-old son slept in his cot. Their murders have never been solved. Even though the police created a list of more than 100 ‘persons of interest’.
I don’t remember these murders, which is one of the reasons I picked up this book. Who were these two young women, how did they live, why were they murdered? Ms Thomas’s book gives me some sense of who Suzanne and Susan were and of their lives before they were so brutally murdered. Ms Thomas spoke with members of the Armstrong and Bartlett families, with some of their neighbours on Easey Street, with police officers and journalists. While Ms Thomas identifies several missed opportunities in the investigation, unfortunately there are no answers here. There is some hope that new more sophisticated DNA analysis and testing could lead to new lines of enquiry. I hope so.
I’m left wondering whether the women knew their killer, whether their murder was random or pre-meditated, whether the killer murdered others as well. I hoped for answers: perhaps this case will one day be solved. I hope so. I’m left wondering.
The still unsolved murders of 2 housemates in 1977 in Easey Street Collingwood. The saddest part of this case is that one of the women had a baby son who was in the house at the time of these brutal horrific murders. This book details the lives of the victims, the police investigations at the time and since the murders, the alleged suspects and murders that forever changed the neighbourhood of Easey Street in Collingwood. Someone must know something of these murders and who committed them even after all this time. A well researched insight into this case and the lives of the victims. #murderoneaseystreet #helenthomas #tea_sipping_bookworm #litsy #goodreads #bookstagram #bookqueen #greatreads #truecrime
This true crime book about the murder of 2 young women in Melbourne in the 1970s is well told. It's a very cold case but is definitely not forgotten by the public, the police, family and neighbors. The author discusses suspects, theories, how the original investigation was handled, and what's being done with DNA.
I recommend it to anyone interested in true crime and cold cases in particular.
This was the most intriguing true life murder mystery that I have read. Suzanne Armstrong and Susan Bartlett, two well-liked young women, who shared a small house in Melbourne, Australia, were murdered in their two bedroom house in January, 1977. There were no lack of suspects, including two men who were in the house not long after the girls were murdered, yet insisted they never saw the bodies. There were other suspects you can easily assume were the killer. It is difficult to pick just one. Yet all were cleared. One can not help but think one of them is the killer. Helen Thomas does a masterful job relating the events. This is one of those "I don't want to stop reading' books.
A well-written account of the murders and ensuing investigation. As it goes on, I found myself more and more frustrated by the seemingly bungled investigation and hoping that they would solve the case.